ADAM THE SON OF GOD

BY: KENNETH GREATOREX

MARCH 16, 2007

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PART ONE

As we journey progressively into the realm of sonship, we are mindful of the need to securely have ”truth anchored in truth.” It may well be that the book we call the Bible or the scriptures, does not contain all there is of the things on our Father’s heart. Surely we need a divine unfolding of revelation. We must also clearly know that any revelation that is contrary to the foundational principles in the scriptures is suspect. We must walk softly, before our God even as we move onward in His glorious purposes. All previous presumptions must be laid aside.

While some have moved beyond the scriptures that were given to us, it is to be noted that Jesus used the scriptures as did the apostolic writers. It is important that we check out “where” and “what” we have learned. Many times, what we have been taught, and called truth,” is based upon the traditions of men. This may be so, much more than we realize, or wish to admit. Until the things we have been taught are proven to be truth, we need to ask, Where did this come from, and Where did I learn this? From experience, this writer has spent many years both unlearning, mans doctrines, and learning that which our Lord is showing of himself as present truth.

We must realize that much of what we have been taught about the life of the MAN JESUS the CHRIST, is often based upon religious concepts that the religious mind finds acceptable, such as the God-man idea, or dual natures. This article may challenge what we believe and so we need to be open to change if such is required.

The greatest sources of error, as this writer sees it, are both found in the New Testament times. Judaism, which added the Law to what Christ had accomplished. The outward show of this system is to be found in the buildings, called the House of God, complete with a system of religious worship based upon a priestly system to varying degrees both in the Protestant world and Catholic world. The popular phrase Judeo-Christianity” certainly does apply here. The other area of concern is that of Gnosticism, where to put it briefly, anything physical is bad and anything spiritual is called good.

THE HUMANITY OF JESUS THE CHRIST

In the Bible there are two men known as, Adam the Son of God. In 1 Corinthians 15:45 we read of a First and Last Adam reminding us of the principle, first the natural, then the spiritual. By way of comment, the spiritual is the end and the natural is not to be repeated. It was several years ago when I was researching my father’s background, and I had successfully found the marriage of my grandmother Charlotte to William Greatorex, that the lady in charge at the Family History Center (Operated by the LDS), said; Now you can trace your ancestry back to Adam. Out of my mouth came the words, Yes, Adam the son of God,” (See Luke 3:38) for our beginning is IN GOD. It is interesting that the First Adam is included in Luke’s linage of Jesus the Christ.

We think of our great-great-great-great, grandfather, Adam, in a negative way because of the willful decision that he made in eating of the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and the resulting sinful condition that we all inherited from him. We know that once the breath of God had entered into Adam, he became a living soul B a person. He was the desire of God expressed in a human form, one who was created in the image of God. We may wonder why God desired an expression of Himself in this manner, and why he permitted what is commonly called the fall, but we rest in the sure knowledge that His ways and purposes are revealed in His timing, not ours.

What of the Last Adam? He was born a member of the Adamic race just as we all are, for was not his mother Mary a human? But wait, some may say, was he not a God man;” did he not have two natures? This seems to be the generally accepted belief in the wide world of Christendom. In fact to take away his deity nature is considered a serious error. The words of a chorus from many years ago said, If we walk in the Lords humanity, we will know Him in His divinity. Because we rejoice in the risen and ascended Lord of Glory, we tend to consider all of his human existence in the same manner, but are we correct in this assumption?

While the liberal elements of Christianity may tend to take away the deity of Jesus Christ, please know that this writer is anything but a liberal. The failure to properly understand the humanness of Jesus the Christ has caused much failure and grief amongst believers. Without a doubt 2000 years of stained glass church history has watered down the truth of his humanity until it barely exists in our thinking. We may get all teary eyed over the cross, and rejoice in the various miracles which we attribute to his deity, and end up with a man dying, and a god doing the miracles. Now, dont stone me yet, as you need to read this entire article before deciding to do it.

In order for us to walk as he walked, we must understand HOW he functioned on earth in his human bodily form. So at this point it is good to consider what the scriptures actually say, and more importantly what the MAN, Jesus the Christ said of himself. The Gospels contain 78 references (Englishmans Concordance) in which Jesus called himself, the son of man. Many of these are duplicated in one or more of the Gospels. It is interesting to learn of the times that Jesus was called the Son of God. There are just 42 New Testament references that specifically refer to Jesus as the Son of God. Only a few of these have Jesus saying, or agreeing, that he was the Son of God.

So, just how did he function? In John 5:19, 20 we read, Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, THE SON CAN DO NOTHING OF HIMSELF, unless {it is} something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. “For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing; and {the Father} will show Him greater works than these, so that you will marvel. (NAU) Please notice that Jesus was limited in what he could or couldn’t do.

Again we find a limitation of sonship in John 5:30. “I CAN DO NOTHING ON MY OWN INITIATIVE. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.

The question arises, was he not the one of whom it was said in Matthew 1:23, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. (KJV) (Immanuel in other versions) What of John the Baptist while in fetal form, jumping for joy in his mothers womb? Or, what of Simeon saying of the infant Jesus, For my eyes have seen Your salvation? When seen in context these instances, and others, are prophetic or revelatory in nature.

There was the time when his parents took him to the Temple in Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover. The 12 year old Jesus came with them, and then he got so involved talking with the elders/teachers who were amazed at his understanding, that he got left behind. Once found by his parents he said to them, Did you not know that I had to be in my Fathers house? Were these the words of a boy-god, or of a lad untouched by sin and with purity of mind? We must be aware that every Jewish boy was expected to memorize the scriptures, and that Jesus was found to have been both listening and asking questions.

In Luke 2:52 we read, And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and favor with God and men. This was clearly a process of his development as a human. Within him was fullness in seed form and without a doubt a growing understanding of who he was prior to his earthly sojourn. However, he was to function as a human, just like us and with the limitations we face.

Within Acts 10:38 we find the key as to how he functioned in his earthly ministry. Peter said that it was; GOD who ANOINTED Him with the HOLY SPIRIT AND WITH POWER – for God was WITH him. We already know that his sonship, as is ours, was limited to the will of the Father. Therefore, the works that he did were those done in accordance with our Fathers will, and under the empowering anointing of the Spirit of God. Please realize that IF he had functioned as a God-man he would not have needed to be baptized by John, which baptism identified him with fallen man, or he would not have needed to be anointed with the Holy Spirit. Our Father had purpose in the limitation of his son for our benefit.

At the time of his baptism by John, the Holy Spirit descended upon him. Matthew, Mark and Luke each record this event. In Mathews account, which is considered as being written to the Jews, the voice said, “This is My beloved son.” However, Mark and Luke record our Father saying to Jesus, YOU are My beloved son. Clearly there was an unfolding revelation coming to Jesus of his placing and purpose on earth.

Lest we get caught up into the heavenlies we must again be reminded that Jesus had to function on an Adam/human level. In 1 Timothy 2:5 we read, “For there is one God, {and} one mediator also between God and men, {the} MAN Christ Jesus.” Please notice that it does not say, THE GOD Christ Jesus, but rather, the MAN Christ Jesus. It was the man who died, and the man of flesh who was raised. God did not need to be raised as God did not die.

There are two critical points that must be considered, his becoming sin, and his becoming a curse for us. In 2 Corinthians 5:21 the shocking statement is made. “Jesus, who never knew sin, as the First Adam had, became sin.” How he who was the Lord of Glory could become SIN, not a ‘sin offering,’ as I would prefer to say, is difficult to comprehend. Likewise, is the fact that he became a curse. Galatians 3:13 clearly says; A Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a CURSE for us – for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”

Clearly as deity in any form, he could not relate to us. Therefore it was necessary for a self-emptying which is called the Akenosis. How far did this go? Just as far was necessary to in order to relate on our level, and to fulfill his destiny as the Savior of all. Was it to the level Adam was prior to the fall? Or, was it as Adam was after the fall, and yet without being born in sin?

Within the realms of eternity he existed in the form of God, as part of the Deity family. The decision was made not to continue functioning as deity, and therefore he set aside, emptied himself of deity, and willingly took the form, or position equal to that of a slave. This is an interesting point as man was the slave or sin, and Jesus took the position of a doulos a bond, or love slave. Within the human dimension he grew physically, ate, slept and was severely tested, or tempted if you prefer to sin, and lest we forget, life began as in infant sucking milk from his mother’s breast.

Driven by the Spirit into the wilderness after hearing the Father’s voice of approval must have been especially hard for him. It was in the wilderness that the devil tempted/tested/tried Jesus. He was tested to do something “FOR himself” make stones into bread; “WITH himself” –  to jump from the pinnacle of the temple with the presumption that angels could save him; and “OF himself” in order to gain the kingdoms of this world the seemingly easy way. Each challenge was met with a scriptural answer. We are reminded that the temptation period lasted 40 days, with only 3 specific examples being given. How many other temptations there may have been during this time we don’t know as scripture is silent.

The question arises, “Could the man Jesus have failed? That is, could he have sinned?” Our religious bones shudder at such a question, and we immediately say, “NO! NO! NO! Away with such heresy, don’t question my beliefs; you know that he was the son of God.” Now, we need to be very honest and answer the question. “IF in all the testing’s, or temptations he could not fail, then was the whole thing a fraud? IF so, then we are in big trouble as there is no way that he can relate to us. We must look at additional scripture.

In Hebrews 2:18 and 4:15, we learn that it was necessary for him to share in common flesh and blood with mankind with the result of rendering the power of the devil, null and void. It then becomes clear, to use Jonathan Mitchells wording of Verse 18; “For in what He has experienced Himself, having been tried (proved), He is able to run to the aid of those who cry for help – those being tried (put to the proof).” Clearly by sharing in common with us, he can, and does, relate to us. This means that he was tested in every way possible, which would have included sexually, and any kind of immorality there is. Did he marry Mary Magdalene? There is no gospel record of such, and IF he had after his death and resurrection, it could not have been possible. He was the “resurrected” Jesus Christ with abilities he had not before, and she was a mortal human.

In Hebrews 4:15 we learn that our High Priest did not offer empty words of sympathy; He knew by experience what he was talking about because he had past the test! He would not have been able to claim to understand unless he was tested on the same level of temptations that we experience and with the same possibilities of failure.

“Yet without SIN.” These words have been in my spirit and must be considered. The paraphrase Bible, puts it this way, “This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses since he had the same temptations we do, though he never once gave way to them and sinned.” (TLB) IF, Jesus functioned as deity in a body, then these words really have no importance. Because there was no ground, no place in him, where the desires that lead to sin could grow, he was sinless. We must realize that Adam allowed these desire to grow and thus sinned, Jesus did not. Jesus was victorious over the temptations, and a bona fide temptation, meant the possibility of failure! Thank God our hope is in Jesus God’s Last Adam, one who can honestly relate to our humanity!

Now we need to consider the words of the prophet Isaiah. Chapter Fifty-three is considered a unique prophecy with regard to our salvation. Verse Three from the Moffat Bible reads in part; “A man of pains, and acquainted with sickness.” Then in Verse Six all of our sins were laid on him! In Verse Ten, Young’s reads; “And Jehovah hath delighted to bruise him, he hath make him sick, if his soul doth make an offering for guilt,” And finally in Verse Twelve the last part from Moffat reads; “since he shed his life-blood, and hath let himself be numbered among rebels, bearing the world’s sins, and interposing for rebellious men.” Jesus as the son of God, whom he progressively knew he was, could not have done this. He had to do it as the son of man – the man of flesh and blood.

As a MAN of flesh and blood, the LAST Adam – the Second Man, and the Fathers perfect human expression of himself Jesus succeeded in all aspects where the first Adam, the First Man had failed! No wonder he could cry out on the Cross; IT IS FINISHED! The work was complete. The sinner, and sin, fallen man was restored, and designed to go forward in the glory of the all conquering Son.

However, we must touch upon John 10:30“I and Father are one.” (No my, or the) The Lamsa Aramaic translation reads; “are of one accord.” Jesus came to do the will of the Father, and this he did. The Jews accused him of claiming to be equal with God. He reminded them of the scripture (Psalm 82:6) “I said, You are gods, and all of you are sons of the Most High.” He did acknowledge his sonship, and his relationship, however, he still was limited to do the will of his Father, which he did to the very end. He did NO THING (nothing) of his own, or out of himself. This is precisely how the “sons of God” are to function. We are IN CHRIST, and yet, walk in limitation doing only the will of our Father. Forget about dreams of being used in some glorious manner. The glory is all HIS! 

Thank God that we have a savior who knows from experience how to be human in every sense of the word. Therefore, we rejoice in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in our walk day by day.

PART TWO

April 23, 2007

Thank God that we have a savior who knows from experience how it is to be human in every sense of the word! Therefore, we rejoice in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in our walk day by day, for it is by his grace – his divine enablement – by which we walk in HIS VICTORY.

This month (April) the world of Christian religion celebrated what is called Easter, a name which some find offensive. My dad used to call it “Resurrection Sunday!” actually a better name. I have come to the place where I believe our Father is more concerned with the truth conveyed, rather than whatever names may be used. If God could use a “jackass” to get to Balaam, then he will use what he wishes, as he desires.

An old hymn has been on my mind for several weeks, it is one I grew up singing every Easter Sunday. It begins slowly with: “Low in the grave he lay, Jesus, my savior,” and then bursts into a rousing, “Up from the grave he arose, with a mighty triumph o’re his foes!” This is tremendous truth because when he arose Adam arose. We descendants of Adam actually can sing; “Low in the grave WE lay” (together IN Christ) – – and, “Up from the grave WE arose, with a mighty triumph o’re OUR foes!” There is, and was, NO defeat. Only a glorious victory!

Genetically Jesus was a descendant of Adam. Hebrews 7:8-10 speaks of Levi paying a tenth of the spoil to Melchizedek, because he was genetically in Abraham, even so, Adam was included in Jesus death and resurrection. Included in the First Adam, the head of the human race, were ALL OF HIS DESCENDANTS including Jesus the Christ.

The verse from the poem, “My Ancestor,” describes this relationship. (Author unknown)

MY ANCESTOR

“You did not know that I exist,

You died and I was born;

Yet each of us are cells of you,

In flesh, In blood, In bone;

Our blood contracts and beats a pulse,

Entirely not our own.”

It is only by relating to our Lord’s humanity as the son who had emptied himself in order to bring us from the First Adam the son of God (Luke 3:38), who amazingly was “a type of him who was to come,” that we can fully appreciate how we have been lifted up to dwell in the heavenly places, included in the Last Adam. “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ (God’s Last Adam) all will be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:22) We, that is, ALL of mankind, were included in God’s Last Adam.

The First Adam was physically taken from the earth, and spiritually was made to live by the breath of God being breathed into him. He became a living soul – a person. The Last Adam was also of the earth, in the sense of his physical ancestry from Adam One. The Last Adam’s physical life was brought into being by the Holy Spirit indwelling the earthen “ovum” in Mary, who was a descendant of Adam. Without our choice we all are in the “family tree” of the First Adam, the First Man. Therefore, we must ask, “Is there any valid reason why God has not included us ALL (All of mankind) IN THE LAST ADAM, THE SECOND MAN, the very one who became a “life-giving spirit?’” (1 Corinthians 15:45) Thank God that IN HIM is LIFE, the very life of which we may all partake of freely.

There is a huge difference between the First Adam and the Last Adam with regard to glory. We know that the First Man, Adam lost the glory covering that he had, and that Jesus laid his pre-incarnation, fullness of glory aside. We look at the brief moment in time when Jesus exhibited a temporary glory on the Mount of Transfiguration with Peter, James and John. Matthew described it this way; “And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light.” Peter later referred to this as “the more excellent glory.” As we behold his glory, we too are being transformed (metamorphoo) into the image of his glory. Watchman Nee got it right when he said; “GOD’S PURPOSE FOR MAN IS GLORY, GLORY, GLORY.”

THE GLORIFIED JESUS – THE SON OF GOD

EIGHT is the number of NEW beginnings. Man’s first day was on the eight day from the start of creation. Jesus was raised from the dead on the eighth day, the first day of a new week. Indeed it was GOD’S NEW DAY! As a point of interest, the numeric value of the Greek letters in the name Jesus, add up to 888. The number eight is associated with RESURRECTION, and REGENERATION. It speaks of a new beginning, a new era, or order. The LAST Adam died; the SECOND MAN is the NEW ORDER, the new beginning. We are of the SECOND MAN, the NEW MAN. In Christ Jesus we have been set free from the First Man, the old Adamic order of the flesh.

Jesus declared, “I am the resurrection and the life.” This he could say as the “son of man,” because his life was the expression of his fathers will by his obedience. Even during the time of great agony in the garden, just before his arrest, he could pray a prayer of both request and submission to his father’s will. “Abba! Father! All things are possible for you; remove this cup from me, yet not what I will, but what you will.” His flesh, his humanness, cringed at what he knew was ahead of him, something that he may have heard about before, or he may have even seen, a Roman crucifixion.

Death was before him, and into it he willingly entered because he came to do the will of the Father. We are reminded that Jesus did not self-resurrect. We must emphasize that it was GOD THE FATHER WHO RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD. The following scriptures confirm this truth: Acts 2:24 (But God raised him up again); Acts 2:32 (This Jesus God raised up); Acts 4:10 (whom God raised from the dead); Acts 10:40; 13:30, 32, 34; 17:31; and Romans 6:4 (as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father).

To me, the most glorious words ever spoken, other than when God had pronounced his creation as “very good,” and in Revelation Twenty-one where he declared, “Behold I am making all things new,” were the words Jesus cried out as he was dying on the cross. “IT IS FINISHED!” Wow! What a declaration! “IT IS FINISHED!” NOTHING can be added to, or taken away, from that triumphant declaration.

WHAT IS FINISHED? The First Man, the First Adam, sin, and all of its results were dealt a death blow. The power granted to Satan’s, as the temporary “prince of the world” became NULL and VOID. We are reminded by Peter that the devil goes about AS a roaring lion, a lion he is not! It is hard to understand why so many of Gods saints are so fearful of this defeated foe, and constantly seeing demons which seem to have more power than they have. The great “apostle of faith,” Smith Wigglesworth is said to have been awakened during his sleep to see the devil by his bed. He took one look and said, “Oh it’s only you,” and went back to sleep in perfect peace. This is a lesson that some need to learn. So, instead of chasing demons hour after hour, and living in fear, we can live fear free, and Christ centered, in the glorious victory of Christ.

The OLD COVENANT of the LAW was declared to be NULL and VOID! In Luke 16:16 we read the words of Jesus that spoke of the end having already begun: “The Law [= Torah] and the Prophets [continued in effect] until John [the Baptist]. From that time on, the reign (royal rule; kingdom) of God is being progressively brought and declared as the good news – and everyone is one after another being pressed and forced into it! (Jonathan Mitchell’s Translation).

It is a pity that so few of Gods saints believe this, and that they do not realize that the last remnants of it, including the priesthood, temple, records and more were dealt with in 70 AD by God’s servants – the Roman armies. (See also: Hebrews 8:7, 13 and 10:9 written before 70 AD) The New Covenant, annulling the Covenant of Law, came into being by the shed blood of Jesus, his death and resurrection. Indeed a NEW AND LIVING WAY it is!

In 1956 I was living in a rooming house in Chicago. It was during the Easter season, that a fellow room renter wanted me to see his beautiful church. As I walked in, I saw a huge crucifix covered with a veil. All that I could see was death, death, death and no hope. As I walked out into the sunshine, the old tune sprang up within me, “I serve a risen savior – HE LIVES!”

Our Father was pleased with the death of Jesus and all that he accomplished. Consider Acts 3:13. “The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, HAS GLORIFIED HIS SERVANT JESUS, {the one} whom you delivered and disowned in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release Him.” Jesus had laid aside his glory. This we know from his prayer in John Seventeen. Now, with his glory restored, he is the risen Lord of Glory!

Peter made a mighty proclamation as he spoke on the Day of Pentecost. “Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him BOTH LORD AND CHRIST- this Jesus whom you crucified.” The Roman Emperor demanded that everyone should call him “lord” and worship him as a god. Many believers were martyred because they refused to bow to Caesar. God the Father has made Christ Jesus both Lord and Christ. The word CHRIST is not just Jesus alone, now, it includes HIS BODY, the CHURCH.

Because Jesus left his estate in the heavenly realm, and divested himself of his deity to live as a man, we now know the honor bestowed upon him. “And that is why God raised him to the very highest place, and gave him the Name which ranks above all others, so that IN ADORATION OF THE NAME OF JESUS EVERY KNEE, in heaven, on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should acknowledge JESUS CHRIST as LORD – to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11 TCNT)

The Baptist scholar, A. T. Robertson, commented, “Not perfunctory genuflections whenever the name of Jesus is mentioned, but universal acknowledgment of the majesty and the power of Jesus who carries his human name and nature to heaven. This universal homage to Jesus is seen in Romans 8:22; Ephesians 1:20-22, and in particular Revelation 5:13.” (Word Pictures in the New Testament) End of quotation.

One of the clearest proofs of the resurrection is to be found in Acts 2:33. “Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear.” We don’t receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit based on our personal works, personal holiness, or merit, as was the teaching of the Pentecostal movement that I grew up in. There is but one basis of receiving, it is the EXALTATION OF THE RISEN JESUS.

It is in this SECOND MAN, God’s LAST (not second) ADAM, in which have been placed through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. It was our Father who in his wisdom caused us to be within the man Jesus the Christ when he died, so that we were INCLUDED in his death, so that when he died, we died. Furthermore, we were included in his burial, resurrection and ascension. Spiritually we NOW sit in the heavens IN CHRIST, at the right hand of the Father. What a place of rest that is! No effort, no struggle, no defeat, just being.

In Corinthians Chapter Fifteen we read of “the First and Second man.” Jesus became part of the First Man, the Adamic race, in order to bring us out, and into, that of the SECOND MAN. The order has changed. We are to be no longer in the state of lacking the glory as the First Man became. As the Second Man, we are progressively, not only being clothed in glory, but our very being will radiate his glory through every part of us. So often within my thoughts, or upon my lips, the words come, “Let your glory be revealed,” or other similar phrases. We have not arrived in fullness yet, for the time has not come, but we will arrive, and his glory WILL FILL THE EARTH!! Your earth, my earth, and all of the earth! Yes, earthen vessels to be changed into golden vessels full of His glory!

This lacking of the fullness of the glory of God is but temporary. Within the heart of many of us is the cry, “Show us your glory!” It was the cry that Moses had, and the cry of all creation is for the restoration of the glory of God that was lost by the First Adam. The prayer of Jesus was for a restoration of the glory that he had set aside when he came to live and walk as a man as without a doubt there was stirring in his being, a sense of loss, and a longing to return to where he had once been. Then was not time as the cross was still ahead. Truly the cry of all creation is for a restoration of the glory of God, even to the limited degree that had been known before the First Adam forfeited his right to it. Thanks to God our Father that time will soon come when the SONS WILL ARISE IN GLORY!

This Second Man is not of the OLD order. All the natural and carnal merits that some have believed in, like the Jews of Jesus day believed, are so much rubbish in God’s sight. These thoughts come from the natural and carnal thinking of man, and not by dwelling in the revealed Christ.

My heart leapt for joy when I first read the following words in the book, “The Unshakable Kingdom and the Unchanging Person,” written by E. Stanley Jones. He emphasizes the present reality IN CHRIST. “For many there is a kingdom of race. A large proportion of the problems of the world revolve around the problem of race. The solution is very simple. It is contained in this verse: In it [i.e., the Kingdom] there is no room for Greek and Jew [racial distinction], circumcised and uncircumcised [religious ritual distinctions], barbarian and Scythian [cultural distinctions], slave or free man [social or economic distinctions].’ (Colossians 3:11 Moffatt) in another list is added: ‘male and female’ [sex distinctions] (Galatians 3:28) Here is the simplest of solutions: THERE IS ROOM!” End of quotation.    Ephesians 2:14-16 makes it clear that the war is over! No more separate groups of Jews and non-Jews, and no more just a few chosen of God. ALL ARE CHOSEN and INCLUDED, and on one basis only, IN Christ Jesus.

WHY is this so? It is so because GOD sees CHRIST JESUS, not all the other things that the natural and religious man sees. There is only ONE MAN that matters, it is the man Christ Jesus, of whom we have been joined to, become a part of, and who is our very life! CHRIST our LIFE means that we have returned to the Tree of Life. In Genesis and in Revelation 22 we read of the Tree of Life. There is a third Tree of Life to be found in Scripture. We call it “THE CROSS.” There is nothing that makes us want to partake of the cross. We recoil in horror from it, YET, it is there that the life blood of Jesus, the son of man, restored us to the Father. Out of death, comes life, a divine principle it is.

Many years ago, I learned the following two verses from the old hymn, “I’ve Found the Pearl,” that Dwight, an old mentor, had discovered when researching hymns.

I’VE FOUND THE PEARL

My, Christ, He is the Tree of Life,

That in God’s Eden grows,

The living clear as crystal stream,

Whence life forever flows.

Christ is my Meat, Christ is my Drink,

My Medicine, and my Heath,

My Portion, mine Inheritance,

Yea, all my Boundless Wealth!

While the glorified Jesus the Son of God is a glorious truth that most accept, it is also truth that this glory is a shared glory. With Christ in us, we may partake of ALL that he is, for “as he is, so are we in this world.” The poetry quoted above describes this relationship. This is the inheritance of the sons in light. The inheritance of the sons of God for we have been called to be the expression of his will, purpose and glory in, and upon, this earth. It is now that the tabernacle of God is with men, his dwelling place is within all who have received his life. It doesn’t end there, for “IN CHRIST ALL WILL BE MADE ALIVE.” (1 Corinthians 25:22)

There is a fullness of glory, of which we have tasted in part. 2 Thessalonians 1:10 speaks of the time, the day; “when He comes to be glorified IN His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed– for our testimony to you was believed.” To those of us who believe that all not only have died in Adam One, but that ALL will be made alive IN CHRIST, we will rejoice in that coming day, for the time is at hand when all will believe. All will rejoice, and all as part of the Second Man will be glorified!

“And I heard a voice, a great one, out of the throne, saying, Consider this. The tent of God [the glorified body of the Lord Jesus in which He lives] is with men. And He shall live in a tent with them. And they themselves shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, And shall wipe out every tear from their eyes. And death shall be no more… (Revelation 20:3, 4) An Expanded Translation of the New Testament, by Kenneth Wuest.

Beloved of God, it is he who sits on the throne that says; “I AM RE-CREATING ALL THINGS.” (Revelation 21:5) Williams N.T. We are being changed from glory to glory and into his very image, Christ our very life.

Even so, come Lord Jesus in your fullness that we so long for, we your creation which you are molding into vessels of glory, desire to be used of you to bring glory, honor and praise to you. It is YOU alone whom we bow to and worship. Amen!

 

 

 

 

ADAM THE SON OF GOD, Part 1-2 [Kenneth Greatorex] 3-16-07          1

 

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